CEI Today: Credit card regulation, gov't propaganda on alcohol, and a regulation nation

Friday, November 22, 2013
In the News Today


American Spectator: Unintended Consequences of Credit Card Regulation

When you try to regulate things, you’re really regulating people. If there’s one crucial lesson to keep in mind about regulation, this is it. And these days, when regulations cost us over $14,000 per household each year, it behooves us to consider the unintended consequences of each new regulation. A good place to start is the new regulations on credit card interchange fees.

Counterintuitive as it may seem, merchants who accept credit cards have always paid credit card companies for their use, not the other way around. >
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Openmarket.org: Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda to Show the “Evils” of Private Alcohol Sales

As if there wasn’t enough money in politics, now government agencies are using taxpayer dollars—our dollars—in an attempt to influence state policy. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded The Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group almost $650,000 a year for five years to research the effects that alcohol privatization in Washington State has had on prices and alcohol-related harms. At first glance, it may seem like a perfectly appropriate research topic for the NIH to support, but the details make one wonder whether the motives for such research are scientific curiosity or pure politics. > Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton


Fox News Special Report

The Competitive Enterprise Institute says, in the last two weeks, there have been 144 new final regulations, which is the equivalent of a new rule every two-and-a-half hours.

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CEI President Lawson Bader

Setting the record straight on liberty

I, Pencil is the “biography” of a simple wooden pencil, but it is more than that. It is a guide to the great global symphony of human labor and ingenuity that goes into a single pencil’s production. > Read more


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